This is another product which popped-up during my social media scroll and that got my attention enough to give it a try. What caught my eye the most is not only the lack of plastic in the packaging, but also the very short list of ingredients. They also claim all shipments are 100% carbon-neutral. Dropps has a few different options for laundry detergents and also two options for the kitchen, and for this week I’ll be reviewing the laundry option Stain & Odor Detergent (unscented).
At Target’s website the 76 ct Tide Pod is sold at $21.49, making each pod cost $0.28. At Drops the 140 ct costs $52 if you buy once or $39 if you subscribe, making each cost $0.37 or $0.27. On the other hand, Target only has free shipping on orders higher than $35, while Dropps has free shipping.
Overall, at the end of reviewing this product I’m just confused. This is marketed as a product that is “good for you and the planet”, but when you look into the safety data sheet this is not what you find. The claims on their website are completely different from what is written in the document, so I can’t help but feel like I got scammed. If there is a good explanation for the divergent claims I would love to hear about it. The curtain has dropped and the wizard behind it is not looking very good.
The pod membrane is “made from a water soluble casing called Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), which dissolves upon contact with water and is consumed by microorganisms.” They have also added a bittering agent for “added safety for you, your family and your pets.”
Besides the ingredient for the membrane, there are 10 items in total. One of them is water, and I would suggest they take it out of their product, leaving only active ingredients (like what Generation Conscious does - check them out if you haven’t heard!). Water is already present in the washing process, so we actually don’t need it in our detergents. By removing it, the product becomes lighter and there is even less carbon emitted by each item shipped.
Another thing that caught my attention is that on their safety data sheet they say to avoid contact of the liquid with skin. This contrasts with the commercial I saw in which the founder says that it is safe to take a bath in it (the scene shows him dropping one pod into his bathtub). The safety document also says “Ecotoxicity -Harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. The specific effects of this mixture have not been explored.” If this product is “gentle on baby skin” why does it not look that safe when digging deeper in the details? This looks even worse after reading they are “the exclusive home cleaning partner of Oceana, the world's largest ocean conservancy organization.”
One good point is that the document says it is “readily biodegradable based on components”.
PS: I was trying to find Tide Pods’ ingredient list to compare and it is actually very hard to find (it is actually not in the label)!!! I guess if you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t.
Two important things to know is that Dropps don’t test on animals and they manufacture in the USA, so the carbon footprint of shipping is reduced (although they say they “partner with 3Degrees to offset the carbon from every shipment.” and “this year alone [they]’ve offset over 650 metric tons.”) I wonder if this is certified by a third party...
They claim to “believe in supporting local jobs, communities, small businesses and fair wages”, but don’t explain exactly what this means (how much is fair for a wage?) or give any detail of the actual manufacturing process of their products.
The story of how Dropps was found is actually interesting (although it sounds like a marketing thing). Lenore Propper Schwartz had an apparel company that used cotton yarn, and the detergents in the 80’s were harsh on the fabric, so she and her son decided to create an “innovative formula with a split personality: tough on dirt, but gentle on your favorite clothing.”
One interesting fact is that Dropps is actually the original laundry detergent pod. They say this makes laundry “fool proof”, since you just drop one pod in and that’s all you need.